Worcestershire MP Sir Michael Spicer is to oversee the Conservative leadership election contest.
Sir Michael (Con West Worcestershire) was re-elected unopposed as chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee, which represents backbench MPs.
His first task will be to help draw up new rules for electing a leader. Michael Howard, the current leader, has revealed he intends to stand down, but only after a new system has been introduced.
It follows the election in 2001 of Iain Duncan Smith, who was supported by the party membership but not by his own MPs.
Conservative politicians are determined that in future the leader should be chosen by the Parliamentary Party, after Mr Duncan Smith's tenure was widely seen as a disaster.
Once the rules have been agreed, Sir Michael will oversee the contest.
He said: "It is a great honour to have been once again reelected, in the new Parliament, unopposed by my colleagues to the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Party.
"The months ahead will be very busy ones for me and my office. We will be assisted by the fact that we have had the experience of managing two previous leadership elections."